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Route of Santiago de Compostela in France

Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: For more than 1000 years pilgrims have been walking along the Route of Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of St. James, or in Spanish: Camino de Santiago. Their final destination is the tomb of St. James the Apostle in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela in Spain is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage destinations, along with Jerusalem and Rome. The four main starting points of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France are Parijs, Arles, Le Puy and Vézelay. Each of these routes was fed by a large number of a subsidiary routes, coming from all over Europe. The branches of the Route of Santiago de Compostela crosses the French-Spanish border and joins the Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. From the town of Puente la Reina in Spain the route continues westwards to Santiago de Compostela. A large number of places of worship have been built along the Route of Santiago de Compostela. UNESCO World Heritage monuments on the Route of Santiago de Compostela consists mostly of cathedrals and churches, but also hospices and the so called pilgrims bridges. Some of the major Christian pilgrimage sites in France: Bourges Cathedral, the widest of the French Gothic cathedrals; Chartres Cathedral and Mont Saint-Michel. The Route of Santiago de Compostela in France was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1993.

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Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - The four principal starting points of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Arles Parijs, Vézelay and Le Puy. Each of these...

The four principal starting points of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Arles

Parijs, Vézelay and Le Puy. Each of these routes was fed by a large number of a subsidiary

routes, coming from all over Europe. The branches of the Route of Santiago de Compostela

crosses the French-Spanish border and joins the Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

From Puente la Reina in Spain the route continues westwards to Santiago de Compostela.

The Route of Santiago de Compostela in France gained status as an World Heritage in 1998.

  1. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - The four principal starting points of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Arles Parijs, Vézelay and Le Puy. Each of these...

    The four principal starting points of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Arles

    Parijs, Vézelay and Le Puy. Each of these routes was fed by a large number of a subsidiary

    routes, coming from all over Europe. The branches of the Route of Santiago de Compostela

    crosses the French-Spanish border and joins the Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

    From Puente la Reina in Spain the route continues westwards to Santiago de Compostela.

    The Route of Santiago de Compostela in France gained status as an World Heritage in 1998.

  2. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Sancta Camisia. The monuments on the Route of Santiago de...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Sancta Camisia.

    The monuments on the Route of Santiago de Compostela consists of cathedrals, churches,

    hospitals and inns, among them Chartres Cathedral. The cathedral houses a precious relic:

    The tunic of the Virgin Mary, the Sancta Camisia. In 876, the relic was given to the cathedral

    by Charlemagne. The Route of Santiago de Compostela is also known as the Way of James.

  3. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Chartres Labyrinth, inlaid in the nave floor of Chartres Cathedral. The Chartres Labyrinth is...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Chartres Labyrinth, inlaid in the nave

    floor of Chartres Cathedral. The Chartres Labyrinth is 12.9 in diameter, the labyrinth is

    the largest medieval maze in the world. Pilgrims used to follow this tortuous labyrinth on

    their knees. The Chartres Labyrinth continues to receive visits from pilgrims to this day.

    Chartres Cathedral is one of the monuments on the Route of Santiago de Compostela.

  4. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: A symbol of the pilgrimage route near Chartres Cathedral. The scallop shell,...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: A symbol of the pilgrimage route near Chartres

    Cathedral. The scallop shell, also called the Shell of Saint James, is the symbol of the Route

    of Santiago de Compostela. The route is also known as the Way of James or in Spanish the

    El Camino de Santiago. The Route of Santiago de Compostela in France gained status as an

    UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. 

  5. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: One of the branches of the Route of Santiago de Compostela, the Mont-Saint-Michel...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: One of the branches of the Route of Santiago de

    Compostela, the Mont-Saint-Michel Way, starts at Mont-Saint-Michel, it is leading to the south

    of the village of Saintes, where it joins the route from Paris and Tours, the Via Turonensis.

    UNESCO World Heritage monuments on the Route of Santiago de Compostela consists of

    many buildings such as cathedrals, churches and hospitals, among them Mont Saint-Michel. 

  6. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Notre-Dame de L'Epine is a basilica in the village of L'Epine near Verdun and...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Notre-Dame de L'Epine is a basilica in the

    village of L'Epine near Verdun and Châlons-en-Champagne. It was build in 1406- 1527.

    The basilica has the dimensions of a cathedral. Notre-Dame de L'Epine is a masterpiece

    of Flamboyant Gothic style. Remarkable gargoyles give the basilica a mysterious character.

    The basilica is part of UNESCO World Heritage Route of Santiago de Compostela in France.

  7. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Basilica Notre-Dame de L'Epine in the village of L'Epine. The exterior walls of the...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Basilica Notre-Dame de L'Epine in the

    village of L'Epine. The exterior walls of the basilica are decorated with gruesome gargoyles,

    they symbolises evil spirits and deadly sins. The most obscene were destroyed by 19th

    century puritans. Notre-Dame de L'Epine has been a pilgrimage site since medieval times.

    Notre-Dame de L'Epine has inspired writers, especially Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas.

  8. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Basilica Notre-Dame de L'Epine. The basilica houses a 15th century rood screen...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Basilica Notre-Dame de L'Epine.

    The basilica houses a 15th century rood screen consisting a miraculous statue of the Virgin.

    In the Middle Ages, the statue was found by shepherds in a burning thorn bush. Notre-Dame

    de L'Epine  (thorn in French: l'épine) has been a pilgrimage site since Medieval Times, even

    French Kings visited the basilica to honour the statue of the Virgin.

  9. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Starting point of the Via Lemovicensis. The Basilica in Vézelay is the starting point...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Starting point of the Via Lemovicensis.

    The Basilica in Vézelay is the starting point of the Via Lemovicensis, one of the four

    main routes of the Way of James. The Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene in Vézelay was

    an important destination of medieval Christian pilgrimage. The relics of Mary Magdalene

    were brought to Vézelay in 1281. The relics are kept in the crypt of the Basilica in Vézelay.

  10. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Bourges Cathedral, 13th century stained glass windows illuminates the cathedral with coloured...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Bourges Cathedral, 13th century stained glass

    windows illuminates the cathedral with coloured light. The cathedral was built on the site of a

    place of worship since the 3th century. The cathedral is located along the Via Lemovicensis,

    one of the four traditional main routes of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France.

    The starting point of the Via Lemovicensis is the Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene in Vézelay.

  11. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The basilica on hill la Colline Eternelle  at Vézelay. The Basilica in...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The basilica on hill la Colline Eternelle 

    at Vézelay. The Basilica in Vézelay is the starting point of the Via Lemovicensis, one of

    the four main routes of the Way of James. For more than 1000 years pilgrims have been

    walking along the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James. The final destination is the

    Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with the tomb of St. James in Spain.